Key West record: 122 days with 80-plus degree lows

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THURSDAY UPDATE: The next cold front was racing across the Gulf of Mexico toward the Florida peninsula Thursday morning. It was forecast to arrive on the peninsula’s southwest coast around 4 a.m. Friday, dragging cold air behind it. Another chilly weekend will follow, according to the National Weather Service.

Sunday morning will see the coldest temperatures. Forecast lows: Miami, 54; West Palm Beach and Naples, 48; Orlando, 40; Tampa, 43; Gainesville, 33 (with widespread frost); Jacksonville, 36 (with areas of frost); Lake City, 32 (widespread frost); and Tallahassee, 33 (ditto).

If it’s any consolation, and I think it is, the same storm system is forecast to dump snow Friday in eastern Tennessee, northern Georgia and into the Carolinas and Virginia. So Florida remains a desired destination, with its relatively palatable weather this weekend.

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2020 weather highlights in the Florida Keys. (Image credit: NWS-Key West)

KEYS YEAR IN REVIEW: 2020 was the second-warmest year on record in Key West and the fourth-warmest in Marathon, the National Weather Service said this week.

“Helping to fuel the warmer year was an abundance of warmer low temperatures,” the Weather Service said in a report, with 103 daily warm overnight temperature records set or tied in Marathon and Key West, where records date back to 1872 (1950 in Marathon).

Monthly warm minimum temperature records were set or tied in Key West in March, April, May, June, and September.

Another notable stat: Key West had 122 days in 2020 in which the low failed to drop below 80 degrees, more than double the annual average of 53 days.

“It was also a wet year. Marathon measured 64.55 inches of rainfall last year, putting it at 18.38 inches above normal and the second wettest year on record.

“Key West measured 52.30 inches of rainfall, 12.47 inches above normal,” putting it in the top 10 percent of wettest years in the island’s 150-year history.

Click here for the full report.

Record breaking warmth has dominated much of Florida since 2015, Weather Service says

What’s happening to the climate in Florida? It definitely hasn’t been business as usual, the National Weather Service said in an eye-opening new report published on Saturday by forecasters in Melbourne.

“The annual weather summaries for east central Florida over the past several years have ended up sounding like a broken record, especially in terms of temperatures,” meteorologist Derrick Weitlich said. “Pronounced warmer than normal conditions have largely continued to dominate the weather pattern across the region since 2015, with annual average temperatures from that year onward for many sites ranking in the top 5 warmest.”

The NWS in Miami said Saturday that all four major observation sites in South Florida — Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Naples — had their warmest year on record in 2020.

Melbourne reports that in East-Central Florida, Leesburg and Sanford tied for their warmest year on record with the note that, “if not for the colder than normal weather that moved into the region in December, it likely would have been the warmest year on record for the majority of climate sites” across the area.

December came in 2-3 degrees below average from Daytona Beach down to Stuart, including Orlando — something that has not occurred in East-Central Florida since March of 2018.

“It is also interesting to note that while it was cold in December, no freezing temperatures occurred at the primary climate
sites, continuing a long stretch of temperatures remaining above 32 degrees since January of 2018 . . . Outside of December, all other months and seasons during 2020 had average temperatures that were either near or above normal, with many ranking within the top 10 warmest.”

Orlando posted 10 high temperature records in 2020, with zero low temperature records. The city had one record cool high temperature — but a whopping 43 warm minimum temperature records. Orlando also had 177 days last year in which the low was at least 70 degrees or warmer, the highest number for any year on record. Notably, the previous record — 171 days — was sset in 2019.

The number of days when the temperature didn’t dip below 70 also set records in Leesburg (172); Sanford (165); and Vero Beach (204). All these cities beat records set in 2019. One exception: Fort Pierce, with 201 days over 70 degrees, remained in second place behind 1929, which had 207.

The NWS Miami office reported last week that areas of East-Central Broward County had rainfall totals in excess of 100 inches in 2020. Thanks to some wet tropical storms during the blockbuster hurricane season, 70-90 inches of rain hammered the Treasure Coast.

“There were even some localized spots in the Stuart and Hobe Sound area that reached up to 95 to 100 inches in 2020,” Weitlich said. “Fort Pierce and Stuart both had annual precipitation totals that ranked as 4th wettest on record for each site. In contrast there were some spots that ended drier than normal, such as Leesburg and Sanford airports that had totals that were 11 to 12 inches below normal for the year.”

Access the full report by clicking here.

West-Central Florida, also despite a cooler than normal December, ended 2020 with “all sites likely ending up with a Top Ten Warmest year,” the National Weather Service in Tampa reported.

2020 was warmest year on record in South Florida cities

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It’s official — 2020 was the hottest year on record around South Florida. Despite a chilly December, annual temperature records were set in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Naples.

In the case of Miami and Naples, last year edged out 2019 as the warmest year on record.

In Central Florida, Leesburg tied 2017 as the warmest year on record.

Note that in some Florida cities, records only go back to the 1940s or 1950s, but in West Palm Beach they date back to 1888, and in Miami to 1895. So these records are nothing to sniff at, especially when you consider that they beat previous annual temperature records set in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

AND THE HEAT GOES ON: Sanford tied a daily record high on Friday with 85, matching the mark set in 1991. Another day of near-record highs were in the forecast for Saturday: Daytona Beach’s record high for January 2 is 82, set in 2006; Saturday’s forecast high is 84.

Record warm lows were set or tied Friday in Jacksonville (66); Daytona Beach (67); Melbourne (71); and Vero Beach (70).

The stalled cold front that’s been soaking North Florida and the panhandle — Apalachicola picked up 1.29 inches of rain Friday and the Tallahassee area was under a Flash Flood Watch — is forecast to get kicked down the Florida peninsula on Sunday night. The National Weather Service said it would lose much of its convective punch as it moves south, but much cooler temperatures are expected to take hold early next week.

So far, we aren’t looking at the kind of cold temps we saw on Christmas weekend, but they’ll feel chilly after highs in the 80s and balmy overnight lows in the upper 60s and 70s.

In South Florida, lows in coastal areas should be in the 50s on Tuesday and Wednesday, with lows in the 40s in the interior.

A warming trend brings temps to more seasonal levels by the end of the week.

December goes out cool and dry; but 2020 was hot-hot-hot!

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FRIDAY UPDATE: A cold front was expected to stall out over North Florida this weekend and bring heavy rain to parts of the Florida panhandle. The front is forecast to get picked up and move south through the peninsula early next week, bringing “seasonably cool” temperatures to South Florida.

RECORD WATCH: West Palm Beach tied a record warm low Thursday with 74 degrees, matching a mark set in 2015.

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NOAA issued its January forecast Thursday, calling for above normal temperatures in Florida and most of the U.S., with the exception of the Southwest. Highest chances of above normal temps are in the Great Lakes States and the Northeast. (Image credit: NOAA/ CPC)

It was an up-and-down temperature month around the Florida peninsula, but December overall will go into the books as a cooler than normal month thanks to four strong cold fronts.

Most cities turned in slight precipitation deficits for December.

The absolute final data won’t be available until next year . . . which is just hours away . . . but here are the near-final figures through Wednesday.

Miami is finishing the month with temperatures running 1.4 degrees below average, and a 0.38 of an inch rainfall shortage. It was the only month of 2020 with below normal temps except for May, when the city finished a half-degree below normal. The month with the biggest temperature anomaly was April, when temps ran 6.1 degrees above average.

Key West was 1.7 degrees below average through New Year’s Eve, and the island also turned in a slight precipitation deficit at -0.71 of an inch. December was the only month of 2020 with below average temps in Key West, and like Miami, the biggest temperature anomaly was in April.

Central Florida turned in an even chillier December performance, with Orlando at 3.8 degrees below average and a rainfall deficit of 1.46 inches. Like Key West, December was the only month of the year with below normal temperatures, but the warmest month compared to normal was March, when the city finished the month at an impressive 7.1 degrees above average.

Tampa had a December temperature deficit of 2.4 degrees, along with a light precipitation surplus of 0.39 of an inch. It was the only month of the year with below average temperatures; March had the largest temperature anomaly at plus-7 degrees.

Jacksonville is ending December 3.1 degrees below average for the month, with a precipitation shortfall of 0.37 of an inch. July in Jacksonville was also slightly below normal — just a tenth of a degree; and June had a temperature deficit of four-tenths of a degree. Jacksonville’s warmest month compared to average was March, with temperatures a whopping 9.1 degrees above normal.

Tallahassee ended December at -2.5 degrees with a precipitation deficit of 0.73 of an inch. It was the only month of the year with below normal temps — and like a lot of other cities, March was the warmest compared to average, at plus-8.9 degrees.

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RECORD WATCH: Vero Beach tied a record warm low Wednesday with 69 degrees, matching a record for the date set just one year ago.

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2021 OUTLOOK: My prediction for the new year weather in Florida: Hot, especially from around May into September and October, followed by slightly cooler temperatures in November and December. (You’re pretty safe with that right?)

Happy New Year!

Broward 2020 rainfall shocker: 100-plus inches

Plus: I want to say one word to you. Just one word: Plastics!’

SOGGY YEAR IN REVIEW: East-Central Broward County had more than 105 inches of rain in 2020, more than 40 inches over the normal annual rainfall, the National Weather Service in Miami said Monday. But the unusual totals were extremely localized this year, and Naples actually had below normal rainfall in 2020.

With four more days to go, Naples turned in a 2020 total of 43.68 inches, 8.02 below average. West Palm Beach checked in with 72.24 inches, 10.46 above average. Fort Lauderdale officially had 95.18 inches, 33.28 over average; and Miami had 86.56 inches, 24.95 above normal.

Luckily, South Florida didn’t have any hurricanes this year, but some very wet tropical storms, including November’s Tropical Storm Eta, dropped abundant rains on the southeast coast.

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IT’S EVERYWHERE IT’S EVERYWHERE: Plastic, that is. The world is awash in it, from food containers on your supermarket shelves to products for your car and even home construction materials. The problem of micro-pieces of plastic in the oceans has been well documented, but now a new study reveals that it’s in the air as well.

(If you’re out on your boat or enjoying a day at the beach, you’re probably breathing in more than fresh sea air.)

Microplastics get swept up into the atmosphere from bubbles on the water’s surface. They are picked up by winds and transported to remote parts of the ocean, according to scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

“Once microplastics are in the atmosphere, they dry out, and they are exposed to UV light and atmospheric components with which they interact chemically,” says Miri Trainic, of the Institute’s Earth and Planetary Sciences Department.

“That means the particles that fall back into the ocean are likely to be even more harmful or toxic than before to any marine life that ingests them.”

Once it’s in the food chain, the plastics and related toxins may be headed for your dinner table.

Trainic and fellow researchers found high levels of common plastics – polystyrene, polyethylene, polypropylene and more – in their samples. Ocean currents can carry them hundreds of miles away.

“Last, but not least, like all aerosols, microplastics become part of the large planetary cycles – for example, carbon and oxygen – as they interact with other parts of the atmosphere,” says co-researcher Ilan Koren.

“Because they are both lightweight and long-lived, we will be seeing more microplastics transported in the air as the plastics that are already polluting our oceans break up – even if we do not add any further plastics to our waterways.”

Gusty winds hammer Keys, Florida’s East Coast

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Winds were gusting up to 39 mph in the Keys on Thursday due to a tight pressure gradient between high pressure to the north and low pressure to the south. Windy weather was in the forecast through Sunday. (Image credit: NWS-Key West)

Top wind gusts along South Florida’s East Coast (and inland) as of Friday morning: Fowey Rocks, Biscayne Bay, 39 mph; Sunrise, 38 mph; Tamiami Executive Airport, Kendall, 38 mph; Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Aiprort, 37 mph; Miami International Airport, 36 mph; Palm Beach International Airport, 35 mph; Immokalee, 35 mph;

East-Central: Melbourne, 32 mph; and Fort Pierce, 31 mph. Winds were calmer on Florida’s West Coast and in North Florida.

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MORE ON 2019: Annual average temperatures in East-Central Florida for each year since 2015 have been among the top 10 warmest on record for cities from Daytona Beach to Fort Pierce, the National Weather Service in Melbourne said in a report posted Thursday.

“Extreme warmth [occurred] at times, especially into February and the fall season,” meteorologists said. “Most notably, Vero Beach had their warmest September and October on record. It was also the warmest October on record for Daytona Beach and Orlando.”

Check out the full report for complete details.

Separately, Weather Underground discussed a NOAA report that said Florida had its second-hottest year and the U.S. had its second-wettest year on record in 2019.

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PONDERING THE PACIFIC: ENSO neutral conditions are expected in the Tropical Pacific through spring and perhaps through summer as well, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center said in an analysis released Thursday.

The gave neutral conditions — neither El Niño, abnormally warm waters, nor La Niña, abnormally cool waters — a 60 percent chance of lasting through spring and a 50 percent chance of lasting through summer. Neutral conditions currently prevail.

It’s an important forecast in terms of the 2020 hurricane season. Under El Niño, tropical activity in the Atlantic is suppressed due to increased upper-level wind shear, while La Niña is usually accompanied by above-normal hurricane activity in the Atlantic.

When El Niño conditions ended last summer, hurricane activity spiked, producing such storms as the deadly Hurricane Dorian.

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FLORIDA DROUGHT UPDATE: Drought conditions faded throughout Florida after a wet December, the U.S. Drought Monitor said Thursday. Moderate Drought lingered, though, in the Central Panhandle and Moderate Drought was reduced to Abnormally Dry conditions in the Everglades.

2019 wrap, decade wrap, and what Mark Twain (reportedly) said …

WEEKEND COLD FRONT UPDATE: Three days out, Sunday morning forecast temperatures are on track to be the coolest since early December, as per the National Weather Service.

This is the time of the year to keep a look out for those Polar Express fronts that leave tourists grumbling and locals searching the far reaches of their back closet to find warmer sweaters or jackets. It doesn’t look like anything too radical at this point, and some people do like a chilly day or two.

But NWS forecasters in Miami posted this caveat: “Sunday afternoon, values could struggle to reach 70. Those with agricultural interests may want to keep a close eye on the forecast as trends could change.”

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In any event, temps should bounce back relatively quickly, and the new January forecast from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, released Tuesday, calls for overall above normal temperatures in Florida.

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DECEMBER WRAP: The month goes into the books wet and warm across most of the peninsula, as well as the Keys and North Florida. Miami crossed the finish line with temperatures 3 degrees above normal — there were 22 days with highs in the 80s and the high only failed to reach 70 once, on December 3 (68). Precipitation was 4.39 inches above average.

Key West was 3.9 degrees above average and finished December with a 5.49-inch rainfall surplus.

Orlando was 4.9 degrees above average with a rainfall surplus of 2.37 inches.

Tampa was 4.5 degrees above normal with precipitation 2.02 inches on the plus side.

Jacksonville topped out 5.4 degrees above normal with a 2.06-inch rainfall surplus.

Tallahassee was an exception to the precipitation trend in Florida — it was a bone-dry fall with the exception of October — by turning in a rainfall shortfall of 0.44 of an inch. Temperatures were still 4.6 degrees above normal, however.

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2019 WRAP: In Miami, every month of the year ended with above normal temperatures with the exception of January, which were down 0.2 of a degree.

In Orlando, every single month of 2019 had temperatures above the 30-year average, and February was wildly out of whack, with temps 7.1 degrees above normal.

Ditto for Tampa, except November temperatures came in dead-on normal.

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DECADE WRAP: Floridians spent some of the 2010s dodging catastrophe, managing to side-step the brunt of hurricanes Sandy (2012), Matthew (2016), and Dorian (2019). The Keys weren’t as lucky with Irma (2017) and the panhandle was clobbered by Michael (2018).

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DECADE LOOK-AHEAD: Lots of people want to compare the new decade to The Roaring Twenties of the last century. It has a catchy ring to it and portends excitement. But history doesn’t repeat, it only rhymes, according to Mark Twain.

Besides, the 1920s had some horrific hurricanes, including the 1926 Miami Hurricane, the 1928 hurricane that killed thousands in the Glades, and the last major hurricane to slam Tampa in 1921 (also known as the 1921 Tarpon Springs Hurricane).

I have a feeling that the big story of the new decade in Florida will be accelerating climate change and the accompanying sea level rise that’s already forcing government officials to make tough decisions in the Keys.

Of course, as always, expected the unexpected.

Jacksonville, Tallahassee notch record highs; 2019 begins with a report from the outer limits

Third warmest year Key West

SIZZLING IN THE KEYS: Key West had its third-warmest year on record in 2018, including its warmest fall, the National Weather Service reported. July, September and October were the warmest on record, and 62 daily temperature records were set or tied — with 17 record highs and an amazing 45 record warm lows. Data in Key West go all the way back to 1872, with annual temperature records since 1874. (Image credit: NWS-Key West)

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The new year started off on the right foot Tuesday with 80s up and down the peninsula, and a pair of record highs in North Florida.

Jacksonville broke a record high with 83 degrees, beating the old mark of 81 set back in 1967. And it was 81 in Tallahassee, which broke the old record of 79 set in 1989.

The warmest temperature reported by the National Weather Service in its state summary was 85 degrees in Marathon. There were some upper 80s in interior areas of South Florida including a high of 88 in Immokalee.

The warmth is a result of high pressure that’s been hanging on over the state since late last week. It’s expected to remain in place, delivering three more days of beach weather, before a cold front sweeps through on Saturday. But nothing super-cold is on the horizon — temperatures should return to around normal for this time of the year, according to forecasters.

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Up to a quarter of an inch of rain may fall on South Florida’s East Coast as a cold front rolls through on Saturday, the National Weather Service says. (Image credit: NWS-Miami)

Don’t expect any drought-busting rains from the front. December rainfall totals in South Florida were well below normal — West Palm Beach had a monthly deficit of almost 2 inches. So, drought conditions are likely to hang on.

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NEWS FROM OUTSIDE THE NEIGHBORHOOD: The most interesting thing about NASA’s successful New Year’s Day fly by of the far-flung mini-planet Ultima Thule is not the new data on the object’s shape or composition, but the simple fact that the space agency is able to analyze something 4 billion miles away. For comparison purposes, the moon is about 239,000 miles from Earth, and Mars is about 140 million miles away. These are, relatively speaking, neighborhood stops compared to Ultima Thule.

The fly by occurred just after midnight on New Year’s Eve, but it took six hours for the initial data to reach Earth traveling at the speed of light, The New York Times says.

Soon-to-be-arriving photos should be interesting, since they were taken from a distance of just 2,200 miles by NASA’s spacecraft, New Horizons, which was launched back in 2006 on a mission to explore the solar system.

“I don’t know about you, but I’m really liking this 2019 thing so far,” delighted mission investigator S. Alan Stern said at a news conference on Tuesday.

2018 Florida weather in review: wet, warm and wild

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The direct hit by near-Category 5 Hurricane Michael on October 10 in the Florida panhandle dominated weather headlines in 2018. And it set the stage for an unusually wet end of the year in North Florida.

Michael made landfall as a high-end Category 4 with sustained winds of 155 mph and a minimum pressure of 919 mb. “The storm caused catastrophic damage from wind and storm surge, particularly in the Panama City Beach to Mexico Beach to Cape San Blas areas,” the National Weather Service says in a special report on the late-season storm.

“One of the hardest hit locations was from Mexico Beach to Indian Pass where 9 to 14 feet of peak storm surge inundation was observed. In addition, wave action caused even higher total water values and this resulted in waves destroying the second story of multiple buildings in Mexico Beach.”

Click here to scroll through 75 incredible photos showing the storm’s devastating impacts.

The year went out unusually wet in the panhandle as well. Tallahassee broke a 111-year-old rainfall record in December with an amazing 15.77 inches — easily busting the 1907 record of 12.78 inches.

Apalachicola also set a rainfall record with 12.08 inches, beating the old record of 9.68 inches set in December 1986.

Here are some of the 2018 major weather highlights from Tallahassee and other major Florida cities:

TALLAHASSEE: Plus-3.0 for overall December temperatures; plus-11.87 rainfall.
Warmest 2018 temp: 98 on June 20.
Coolest: 20 on January 18.

Eight months had above normal temperatures, three had below normal temperatures and one (April) had normal temperatures.

Wettest day: 3.38 inches on December 2.

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TAMPA: Plus 2.3-degrees for December; plus-6.22 inches rainfall.
Warmest 2018 temp: 96 on September 20.
Coolest: 29 on January 18.

Ten months had above normal temperatures, two had below normal temperatures.

Wettest day: 3.52 inches on December 20 (3.31 inches fell on January 28).

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2018 extremes CFL

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ORLANDO: Plus 1.7 degrees for December; plus-4.22 inches rainfall.
Warmest 2018 temperature: 95 on September 27.
Coolest: 27 on January 18.

Seven months of above normal temperatures, four with below normal temperatures, and one (August) with normal temperatures.

Wettest day: 3.65 inches on December 20.

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MIAMI: plus 1.4 degrees for December; – 0.46 of an inch rainfall;
Warmest 2018 temp: 94 on five days in June, July and August.
Coolest: 44 on January 4 and 18.

Six months had above normal temperatures, six had below normal temperatures.

Wettest day: 3.6 inches on May 31.

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KEY WEST: Plus 4 degrees for December; – 0.32 rainfall.
Warmest 2018 temp: 95 on September 20.
Coolest: 53 on January 18.

Eight months had above normal temperatures, four had below normal temperatures.

Wettest day: 3.41 inches on May 25.

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Expect some official 2018 analyses from the National Weather Service to appear over the next few days.

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Jan forecast

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REVISED OUTLOOK: The new year has started out warm around the state, and toasty temps will continue late into the week before more normal early January temperatures take hold.

Super long-range forecast models call for below normal temperatures in Florida from around the third week of January into possibly the first two weeks of February. But since the first two weeks may feature above-normal temps, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center has put Florida into an “Equal Chances” category for the month.

In Miami the normal high is 76-77 during the second half of January, with lows around 60. Record lows are generally in the 30s. In Tampa normal highs are around 70-71 in the second half of the month with lows in the low 50s. In Orlando, normal highs are 71-72 with a low of around 50.

2017: Warmest year on record in Melbourne; second-warmest in Daytona, Sanford and Miami

CFL 2017 weather

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With another cold snap on Florida’s doorstep this week, it’s tempting to overlook the excessive heat that characterized 2017, including the brutally hot summer in many areas of the peninsula.

Miami had its hottest July on record, for example.

Hurricane Irma overwhelmed most of the weather news coverage, and understandably so. But the record and near-record warmth is likely to be a story that keeps popping up from year-to-year.

To wit: 2017 was the warmest year on record in Melbourne, the National Weather Service said Monday. It was the second-warmest year on record in Daytona Beach and in Sanford.

The average overall temperature in Melbourne of 75.6 degrees was 3.2 above average, breaking the previous warmest year — 2015 — by two-tenths of a degree.

Miami had its second-warmest year on record, just a tenth of a degree shy of tying 2015 for the warmest, the NWS said Monday.

“It appears our cool stretch to end the year was enough to knock Miami out of the tie for warmest year,” the agency’s Christopher Fisher said in a note to the media.

December was unusually warm in Florida from tip to top, with only two exceptions: Fort Lauderdale and Fort Pierce, which were slightly below average for the month.

Tampa was the most wildly out of whack in December, with temperatures 4.2 degrees above average. Fort Myers was plus-2.5 degrees. In North Florida, Jacksonville was 2.9 degrees above average and Daytona Beach checked in at plus-2.3 degrees.

Almost every month of this year saw top 10 warmth at West-Central observation sites, with the exception of October and November, the NWS in Tampa said.

Other December overall temps: Miami plus-1.2 degrees; Fort Lauderdale, minus-0.8; West Palm Beach, plus-0.8; Naples plus-1.6; Key West, plus-1.3; Marathon plus-1.4; Orlando plus-1.8; Vero Beach plus-1.3; and Gainesville plus-1.6.

What might we expect in 2018? Probably more of the same.

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center publishes temperature anomaly forecasts for the upcoming year and beyond, and the forecast for 2018 is for above normal temperatures in Florida every single month of the year. That doesn’t mean we won’t have a week or two with below normal temps, but the overall pattern should continue.

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In fact, the CPC’s September-November forecast is for above-average temperatures everywhere in the U.S., from coast-to-coast and top-to=bottom.

The CPC issued its January forecast Sunday and — despite the cold snap expected to weigh down temperatures through next weekend — forecasters still expect overall temps in South Florida to come in above-average.

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